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Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s rental reform White Paper. The government...

Essential to involve agents and landlords in reform - agency chief

Comprehensive rental reform requires the buy in and understanding of letting agents and landlords from the outset - and not as an afterthought.  That’s the message from...

New tenancy rules may be threat to student lettings - claim

There’s concern in the student lettings sector about the impact of the government’s Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper. For this specialist lettings area, the most controversial...

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise brand

Bhavik Patel, owner of Nicholas Humphreys Southampton & Portsmouth has acquired independent lettings agency Harker and Bullman in Wimborne. This is the first Nicholas Humphreys franchisee acquisition...

App from Build To Rent operator aims to woo tech-savvy renters

A Build To Rent operator has created what it calls a one-stop app for tenants. The operator Apo says the new app carries neighbourhood news, maintenance queries,...

Warning over Electric Vehicle charging at rental properties

Electric Vehicle charging points in rental properties are going to be expensive and should be planned and saved for now, according to property management experts.  Matthew Arnold,...

New energy efficiency guide issued for private rental sector

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide aimed at improving private rental sector properties. The Energy Saving Trust - which describes itself as...

Agency supremo is star of new industry podcast

A high profile former chief executive of Propertymark is discussing agency industry issues in a new podcast. The new service - from home set-up business Just Move...

Backlash over wide-ranging holiday lets rules change

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions, believes around...

New branch opens as franchisees celebrate three years with brand

The franchise owners of a Parkers branch have marked their third year under the brand by opening a second office. Brendan and Lisa Kay’s new venture is...

Reminder to Agents - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules coming up

A prominent agency lettings chief is alerting the industry that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are changing from October 1. Since October 2015 there’s been a...

Court Drama - Agency accused of violence and vandalism against tenants

A lettings agency is alleged to have used violence and vandalism over a prolonged period against the tenants of at least 10 properties. A court in Kent...

Two-day spectacular promises to improve letting agents’ businesses

Pre-booking is now open for what organisers call the year’s most exciting lettings event - Agent Rainmaker Live. Last year premier seats sold out within a week,...

Rental reforms prompt independent agency to sell to larger rival

An agency has snapped up its second independent in 12 months. James Douglas Sales and Lettings has acquired Leek and Weston in a deal funded by the...

London Calling! Rents up faster in the capital than anywhere else in Britain

For the first time since November 2019, rents in London grew faster than any other region in the country.   That’s the claim from lettings agency Hamptons, which...

Agency acquisition and sales service claims huge success in just months

Acquisition is one of the most frequently used words in the lettings sector now as large numbers of agencies are snapped up, usually by larger rivals.  Now...

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go far enough, says Labour. The Fairer...

New London HQ for high end Connells’ brand

John D Wood & Co has celebrated a major anniversary by opening its new headquarters in Belgravia. It’s 150 years ago since the agency was established by...

Spectacular growth for private rental sector - forecast

The private rental sector could grow an additional 6.5 per cent in just three years, it’s been forecast. This would bring the total number of privately rented...

ARLA reveals new President to take Propertymark position

David Votta from the Kent-based Votta Sales and Lettings has been revealed as the new ARLA Propertymark President. He has been in the industry for over a...

Renting cheaper than buying after latest interest rate rises

The most recent interest rate rise has swung the balance making it cheaper to rent than to buy, according to lettings agency Hamptons. It says that for...

New franchise deal offered to agents seeking corporate benefits

Agents running their own businesses but attracted to the advantages of a corporate are being targeted by a new Business Integration Model from Belvoir. Rather than buying...

Buy To Let Bounces Back - new investment hotspots

New figures indicate the ongoing growth of buy to let. Analysing data on additional property purchases made in the financial year 2020/21, the rental platform Rentd found...

Build To Rent advocate want special treatment for growing niche

A property investment company says Build To Rent is key to helping Britain meet its current housing and climate change challenges - and deserves special treatment. The...

Agents advised to check out new licensing scheme

Agents with landlord clients who let properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they should apply for a licence under a new...

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly in favour of the government’s...

Knight Frank sells off branch private client lettings division

Lettings and sales agency FleetMilne has acquired Knight Frank’s private client lettings business in Birmingham.  The purchase will boost FleetMilne’s managed lettings portfolio by 20 per cent,...

Rental sector licensing service teams up with insurance broker

PropTech firm Kamma, which monitors the growing number of local council licensing regimes, has teamed up with an insurance broker. The link with Mint Insurance achieves, according...

Rental supply increasing at last as London returns to near-normality

Knight Frank says a frustrating period for tenants looks likely to continue this summer in the prime London lettings market.  While supply and demand are rebalancing in...

Agency upsizes office in high-value lettings hotspot

Part of the Connells empire, John D Wood & Co., is moving to a larger office in a lettings hotspot in London. The new office will occupy...

Get Involved Now! Big industry debate on Rental White Paper

Today’s proposed changes to the private rental sector are the most radical for a generation. The first industry debate on this hot issue is taking place this afternoon...

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form the basis of a Bill...

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from government failures elsewhere. The White Paper...

Hybrid agency scheme claims it's better for agents than rival firms

The closely-fought battle between franchise lettings agencies in the private rental sector continues apace.  Maryam Bham, franchise sales manager at Hunters - now part of The Property...

Agency boss hit with big fine for failing to produce documents

A landlord has been fined a four figure sum for failing to produce documentation for a council. Fathima Syeda Kauser of Luton pleaded guilty to the charge of...

Build To Rent making little impact outside London - new research

Build To Rent may win a lot of publicity but it’s still largely unknown outside London according to new research. BTR completions have increased by 19 per...

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled tomorrow. The Mail says it will...

Pets are single biggest reason tenants move home

The Deposit Protection Service claims the single largest reason why private tenants move is to find properties accepting pets. Around a thousand tenants who moved between October...

OnTheMarket success includes lettings innovations - claim

OnTheMarket says its innovations with partnerships in the lettings sector have played a part in its successful growth. In the 12 months to the end of January...

Change on the agenda for leading inventory clerks’ trade association

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it’s going to propose evolutionary changes at its upcoming annual general meeting. This will include a refreshed board, restructuring to...

Section 21 and rental legal threats under discussion at webinar

A property law expert is aiming to demystify the upcoming rental legislation for agents at a webinar tomorrow. Robert Bolwell, senior partner at Dutton Gregory, will address...

Another independent agency falls to fast-growing Lomond Group

The fast-growing Lomond Group has consolidated its market dominance in Scotland by snapping up another independent. Lomond’s Stonehouse brand, which operates throughout Aberdeenshire, has bought Grant Fairbairn Property...

Town votes on ban for new homes being sold as holiday lets

The famous seaside town of Whitby in Yorkshire has voted in a referendum considering a ban on new build properties being sold as second homes. A non-binding...

Charge! On-street car parking could add premiums to rents

New research by Savills suggests that on-street car parking could increase both the capital values and rental potential of properties. The agency says the total value of...

Apprentice reveals why she loves working at agency letting team

An apprentice working at Newcastle’s Walton Robinson agency has revealed why she believes it’s her dream job. The agency specialises in residential lettings for students, professionals and...

London - why live there if you’re working from home?

A new survey on attitudes towards working from home in London makes interesting reading for those faced with letting homes to tenants with jobs based in...

Rental properties may be obliged to change for disabled tenants

A consultation over the summer looks set to be the first part of a radical change to the structure of communal spaces outside disabled tenants’ homes. The...

New national lettings portal to launch this year

A new national lettings-only portal is planning to launch this October with a pledge to revolutionise the rental sector. Its aim is to better the lettings elements...

Will agents pass on energy help to tenants, charity asks?

More than one in eight private renters may miss out on support to cope with rising energy costs, Citizens Advice claims.  The charity warns that tenants with...

Deposits - figures show remarkably few agent-tenant disputes

The average private rental tenancy deposit last year exceeded £1,000 new figures show. At an average of £1,005 per tenancy, the cost of a deposit fell by...

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